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Despite protests from the Big Three U.S.
carriers, Emirates plans to add flights to established U.S. routes and open a
new one to Orlando later this year. In an interview with BTN
transportation editor Michael B. Baker, Emirates vice president of U.S. sales
Matthias Schmid said the United States remains the carrier's “key strategic
growth market” and that added capacity enables Emirates to make a stronger play
for American corporate business large and small. An edited transcript of the
Pledges of capacity control rang across the
three largest U.S. airlines' first-quarter earnings calls, and analysts buy it
as a long-term trend.
With first-quarter 2015 profit up significantly year
over year but revenue down, American Airlines joined the two other largest U.S.
carriers in scaling back capacity growth plans for the year.
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